Communities In Schools of Memphis is part of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, empowering students to succeed in school and achieve in life. Operating in more than 2,300 schools in the most challenged communities of 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves 1.5 million young people and their families each year. Based directly inside schools, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs.
CIS of Memphis began as an embedded affiliate in the Communities In Schools of Tennessee network in 2014. CIS of Memphis is now an independent affiliate operating exclusively in the greater Memphis area and focusing every child, regardless of their ZIP code or family circumstance, deserves a chance to live the American Dream. We work to help secure that chance for children in Memphis and Shelby County.
Shelby County Schools is the largest school district in the state of Tennessee and one of the 25 largest in the country. Currently, more than 100,000 students from urban, rural, and suburbia attend more than 200 SCS schools. The schools include charter, elementary, middle, and high schools in our area. SCS is the second largest employer in Memphis with almost 14,000 employers and 6,000 teachers. The district is currently focused on early literacy, improving post-secondary readiness, developing strong, innovative teachers, administrators, and staff, working directly with families and community partners.
SCS is home to more than 60,000 economically disadvantaged students and relies on the support of volunteers, and school adopters to impact students. The district is targeting 90% of its third graders to be proficient readers by 2025. It’s also working to improve it’s graduation rate to 90% by the year 2025.
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